Aging And Our Eyes Are Not Always Connected

Does aging and our eyes really go hand in hand?

That we all depend of our overall health and how well we have protected them through the years and for most of us. the answer to this question is yes.

Much like the rest our body is losing some of its strength, so are our eyes in most cases.

Most professional’s say this decline really begins to hit us once we pas the age of 60, and the loss can continue each year after that.

The Real Effects of Aging and Our Eyes

However, aging and our eyes do not always go hand in hand for everyone, and here is an example from personal experience.

We have all heard the adage “we are what we eat” and for our age group, there is no doubt diet and nutrition is critical.

I just passed m 64th birthday and about 5 years ago I really became serious about improving my health with the right diet and supplements.

Although I have worn glasses for most of my life, vision was not the top of my priority list.

The last time I had a vision check, the optometrist told me I was in the beginning stages of cataracts, and my vision had decreased even further.

She recommended that I take lutein and zeaxanthin supplements to help my vison, so I did.

I went back last month and was absolutely shocked.

It had been 3 years (by the way much too long) since my last eye exam and not only did I have very little change, one eye actually improved.

Common Issues Easily Corrected

Aging and our eyes, however, will occur, and I will not wait three years to get them checked again.

Most professionals, including mine, suggest every 12 months, once we pass the age of 60.

There are several things that can and often do affect our vision as we age, and the vast majority of them are very easy to treat.

They include the following:

  • Presbyopia—the most common problem
  • Floaters or cobwebs
  • Tearing or dry eye
  • Problems with our eyelids

One of the most common issues with aging and our eyes is the ability to see things that are close up like small print, or some news on the computer.

Most of us that wear glasses, even with bifocals, will have to take them off in order to read what it says.

This is referred as “Presbyopia”, and if you do not wear glasses or contacts it can easily be corrected by reading glasses.

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Several different retailers will have a reading glass display with different strengths, and you simply find the once that corrects this for you.

We have all experienced floaters, especially if we go outside on a sunny day, and this is also a normal part of aging and our eyes.

However, if they persist and you see flashes, this is anything but normal.

Having too many tears or not enough and you develop dry eye, is also very easy to correct with drops or liquid tears

Most eye lid problems will occur as we sleep, and this condition is referred to as blepharitis.

Blepharitis can also easily be corrected with eye lid scrubs along with a warm cloth placed gently over them

There are however, several real warning signs with aging and our eyes that are not easily treated, and if you experience any of them, you should see a professional as quickly as you can.

Warning Signs of Aging and Our Eyes

The last thing we want to do is risk losing our vision. Here are some real warning signs:

  • A very sudden onset of hazy or worse yet, blurred vision
  • A sudden onset of double vision
  • Flashes of light that is much different than floaters
  • A sudden sensitivity to sunlight or bright lights
  • A sudden pain in or around your eyes
  • Some type of discharge that has developed

While this list is certainly not all conclusive, they are the most common.

As we get older, and any of the above warning signs surface, they can be and often are the first signs of some type of underlying medical condition.

Because of this, getting an exam once every 12 months becomes even more important, as a very good ophthalmologist may find the underlying issues.

Underlying Conditions That Can Be Found

They include some of the following.

  • Diabetes developing
  • Hypertension
  • An Autoimmune disease of some kind
  • High Cholesterol
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Tumors of some kind

Diabetes can have a huge impact on our lifestyle, and the earlier you catch it the better. This condition affects the minute capillaries in our retina portion of our eye.

It is one of the most common diseases discovered by an exam, but hypertension is a close second.

If your blood vessels have any kind of a bend or tear, you may have, or are developing, hypertension.

An autoimmune disorder, where our immune system attacks itself, can also be uncovered by inflammation that has developed in our eyes.

The most common forms are Celiac disease and Graves’ disease. 

If our cornea has a yellowish tint or coloration, this is generally the result of high cholesterol levels that you may have no idea you had.

A normal checkup may also undercover a thyroid disease of some form if we have protruding or exaggerated eyeballs.

Nutrients That Can Help

If our eyelids are drooping, this may be the sign of a tumor, or worse yet, as aneurism, which can be very dangerous.

The good news, however, with aging and our eyes, is that we can feed them and nourish them with a few key supplements.

They include the following

  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin
  • Vitamins C and E
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • The mineral Zinc

We have heard about the benefits of Lutein, but I had never even heard of Zeaxanthin until my optometrist recommended it.

Zeaxanthin and Lutein have identical chemical formulas and are very effective in preventing cataracts as well as dry eye.

Vitamins C and E are both very powerful antioxidants and together they help protect against the damages done by free radicals.

Free radicals have one objective and that is to attack and destroy our cells and tissues.

Omega 3 fatty acids help keep them lubricated, and Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in abundance in our eyes

At our age, we need all the help we can get to stay healthy.


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